The New York Giants are back in the Super Bowl for the fifth time in franchise history.
While many critics weren’t expecting much from the G-Men this season, they would once again shock the football world with another improbable run.
During the final month of the regular season, New York won three of its four last games; including a winner-take-all showdown against the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East title and the No. 4 seed.
With a 9-7 record and a injury-plagued roster, head coach Tom Coughlin would lead his team on the hardest road to the Super Bowl.
Manning and his young batch of receivers Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz would prove to be a very formidable group in the postseason.
The defense would also make their presence felt as their defensive line, led by Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul, would get to the opposing quarterback and force turnovers late in the regular season.
The Giants started things off by thrashing the Atlanta Falcons, 24-2.
The next week, they upset the Green Bay Packers on the road with a commanding 37-20 victory.
In the NFC championship game, New York traveled to San Francisco and won a thriller 20-17 in overtime.